Keeping the film faith: Haverhill High grad and best-selling author Andre Dubus III got some bad news recently, but he’s not budging from his belief that his novel “The Garden of Last Days’’ will become a movie. Hollywood star James Franco had signed on to act in the movie and direct it, but has since pulled away from the project. Dubus said he believes the movie will still be made because the script and story are strong. This would be the second movie based on his writing. He’s also working on a new novel, and his latest release, a collection of short stories titled “Dirty Love,’’ is set to hit book stores in October.
Music to everyone’s ears: It’s time again for concerts on the common, Bradford Common that is. Get ready for a summer filled with live early evening music from local performers like Paul Prue. The concerts, noted each week in the Gazette and The Eagle-Tribune, are geared toward families, who are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and picnic food to the events.
Where are the rides?: Some people have been asking what ever happened to the carnival rides that kids used to enjoy at the city’s annual July 4 festival. Organizers of the event stopped including the rides a few years ago, but the little ones still have a chance to enjoy them in another venue. Haverhill has a carnival every year on the strip of land between the police station and parking deck, where the rides dominate the event.